Ju­niors tar­get more sil­ver­ware

Myrtleford Times - - Myrtleford Savoy -

MYRTLE­FORD’s un­der 12s soccer play­ers will be out to make it back-to-back cups when they meet Co­bram at Jel­bart Park on Sun­day.

The young Savoy’s claimed the un­der 11s cup last year with a penalty shootout vic­tory over Wan­garatta and this sea­son’s de­cider shapes as be­ing just as close.

Myrtle­ford (sec­ond) and Co­bram (first) were the two best teams all year and both won through in their semi­fi­nals con­vinc­ingly.

Liam Mac­gowan fresh off win­ning the team’s best and fairest and player’s player award was the star of the 4-0 vic­tory and will be vi­tal to their hopes this week­end.

Coach Rob Caponec­chia, whose daugh­ter Sum­mer has per­formed ad­mirably whilst play­ing with the boys this sea­son, said he hoped the team could draw on last years’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I think some play­ers get a lit­tle bit ner­vous but hope­fully the win last year will ben­e­fit us,” he said.

“There are some re­ally good kids in there and they have de­vel­oped a lot across the last two years, es­pe­cially this year.”

Caponec­chia added that his young play­ers were be­gin­ning to learn the con­cepts of the game.

“They are across it a bit bet­ter now, po­si­tion­ing, com- mu­ni­ca­tion and know­ing their roles,” he said

“The more they train to­gether the bet­ter they get and they have a great bond go­ing.

“I think they are go­ing to be some good lit­tle play­ers for the club in the fu­ture, they have re­ally come a long way with an­other year un­der their belt.”

Kick-off is pen­cilled in for 9.45am with a strong Myrtle­ford con­tin­gent ex­pected.

“Even speak­ing to some of the se­nior play­ers on the week­end they said they will come down and it’s re­ally good for the younger play­ers to see those older guys there,” Caponec­chia said.

“Hope­fully it’s the start of a re­ally good day.” KEY COG: Liam Wil­liamson has been an im­por­tant player for the un­der 12s this sea­son. PHOTOS: Justin Jenvey

BIG OC­CA­SION: Zane Var­danega will line up in his sec­ond cup fi­nal in a row on Sun­day.

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